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Representatives from the City of Peosta are joined by various project managers for a groundbreaking ceremony hosted at the future site of Peosta’s new wastewater treatment facility located on the western edge of the industrial park: front from left, Pat Simon (former public works supervisor), Councilmember Gerry Hess, Councilmember John Kraft, Mayor Jim Merten, Councilmember Karen Lyons and Councilmember Doug Hughes; back Matt Specht (ECIA), Jim Bousley (IIW), Matt Hefel (water/wastewater supervisor), Public Works Director Dean Ludwig, City Clerk Karen Snyder, Eldon Schneider (IIW), Dylan Ambrosy (Portzen Construction) and City Administrator Whitney Baethke.

Over a dozen people gathered on the west end of Peosta’s industrial park to celebrate a groundbreaking for a new wastewater treatment facility.

After seeing its population triple since 2000, the City of Peosta has decided to make a major infrastructure investment to help a system that was nearly exhausted by the ever-increasing demand from new businesses and residents.

The city will be receiving a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the DNR after the previous permit expired in February 2019. One requirement of the new permit is that the city expand its wastewater facility’s capacity, meet stricter permit limits and add new nutrient removal protocol.

“The larger capacity facility and new site will allow the City of Peosta to effectively serve its existing customers and continue to foster the aggressive residential, commercial, and industrial growth that has been occurring over the past decades,” IIW Project Manager Jim Bousley stated in a press release. “The treatment processes are designed to meet the stricter discharge requirements that are being imposed all over the state, address potential future new limits as they arise, and enable capacity expansions in the future.”

As a result of the project, the Peosta City Council will slowly raise utility rates over the next two years to pay for the new facility. The first rate increase occurred in January, followed by a second in September and a third scheduled to occur in July 2021.

According to city documents, even after the third rate increase, Peosta residents’ utility bills will be consistent with surrounding communities, and in most cases, will even be lower.